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Four arrested after stealing food from Phillips Crabhouse

By Katie Tabeling | Sep 07, 2017

Four women were charged with theft after they allegedly walked out of Phillips Crabhouse near 21st Street with $110 worth of seafood on Saturday.

Around 5:13 p.m., Phillips employees reported to police that four women had left without paying their bill. The women were later identified as Brittany Jones, 35, Rohnda Cox, 23, of Pittsburgh, Shanekqua Coates, 24, of Pittsburgh and Jamikka Coates, 23, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

A waitress told police that after the quartet had their food delivered to the table, they asked for the check and take-out boxes.  Shanekqua Coates left before the rest of the party. When the waitress returned for the check, the other women had left the restaurant.

A Phillips Crabhouse employee had followed Jamikka Coates, Cox, and Jones on the Boardwalk and repeatedly asked them to stop. At some points, the trio attempted to evade the employee, according to police reports.

When police stopped the trio, they allegedly dropped the take-out containers in a trash can. They appeared to be “upset and agitated” with police, according to reports. Jamikka Coates repeatedly told police that she did not have the food.

Jones reportedly then called Shanekqua Coates and told her to go back to Phillips Crabhouse and pay the bill.

Back-up officers met with Shanekqua Coates at the restaurant, who then told them “I paid the bill, so how is it still a theft?” She also said that she left Phillips to smoke a cigarette.

Another Phillips employee who was on a smoke break told police that he did not see Shanekqua Coates outside, but he did see the three other women sprint away from the restaurant.

All four women are to be tried on Oct. 20.

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